Monday, June 25, 2007

Weir Dam, Part I


South of Bristol, TN, just below the South Holston Dam, is a wonderful recreation area on Osceloa Island. Although folks in Bristol know all about the Weir Dam, I don't find much online about it. If you know of any good websites, please comment below. But this is a great place to take visitors to introduce them to the beauty of northeast Tennessee. There's fishing, picnic tables and a nice trail that makes a 1.5 mile loop around the island. But the real attractions are the weir dams. They were constructed in 1991 on both sides of this island to add oxygen to the Holston River when the TVA is not generating electricity. As you can see, it's as if the TVA constructed 72 waterfalls (12 rows of 6), all of them thundering at once. To hear what this sounds like, click here for video (this is of the smaller weir dam on the far side of the island). Keep in mind that this scene only happens during times when the TVA is generating at the South Holston Dam (about a mile upstream). So before you head out, go online (here) to see their schedule for releasing water (Click on South Holston in the "Choose a reservoir" drop down menu).

Directions: From the intersection of routes 394 and 421 south of Bristol, continue 2.9 miles south on 421 (toward Shady Valley). Turn right onto Emmett Road/Holston View Dam Road. Continue for 1.6 miles (bear right at the fork) to the recreation area on your left.

Where to next? After taking in the sights and sounds at Osceola Island, get back on Holston Dam View Road and drive 2 more miles to the top of the dam. Here you will see a beautiful view of South Holston Lake.

6 comments:

  1. That's awesome! Great photos Mark and thanks for the video.

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  2. Ministry comes in many forms. Thanks Mark for taking time to share the beauty displayed in nature. Pat

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  3. Shelley's Chicken House is no longer there. It has been bought and sold and turned into so many things since Shelly sold it back in 2006. It kept her name untill late fall 2007, and the name began the changes then. I do not know what it is as of this writing. It was empty the last time I was by there, and had been that way for a year.

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  4. The old Shelley's Chicken House building has held a Small Engine Repair shop since last spring. Based on all the junk they've hauled in and piled up, it appears that they will be there for a while. I walk the 1.5 mile loop everyday and it is more beautiful and peaceful to me with each walk. I can add another .3 miles to my walk if I park in the first parking lot and take the short trail along the river to the bridge where the main trail head is located.

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  5. where is the video located? thanks

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  6. Hi Derek, not sure what happened, but I've put the link back up in the post. Thanks for letting me know it was missing! -m

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